News 12-29-2011

At a press conference yesterday, Congressman Howard Coble said his health is improving and he is not ready to rule out a run for his 14th term.  The 80 year old representative is recovering from a respiratory illness that landed him in the hospital for 2 weeks.  Coble said his decision to run for re-election largely depends on a potential redistricting map that could change the borders of the Sixth District that he represents.

Build-A-Bear is recalling nearly 300,000 Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears sold in the United States and Canada due to risks of choking.  No injuries have been reported, but the teddy bear’s eyes could loosen and fall out, posing a choking hazard to children.   If you have one of these bears you should immediately take the recalled teddy bear from your child and return it to any Build-A-Bear store to receive a coupon for any available stuffed animal from Build-A-Bear”

The FDA says over 350 dogs have gotten sick, some seriously, after eating chicken jerky products imported form China., also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats.  Despite lots of testing, no specific contaminant has been identified.  Also, there is no specific brand of treat being named or recalled.    For now, the FDA is warning pet owners to avoid all chicken treats imported from China.  If you suspect your dog has gotten sick from these treats, take your pet to the vet immediately and report the illness to the FDA’s Pet Food Complaint Site.

If the trend continues, 2011 may end up as the safest year on record for fliers.  So far, there’s been one fatality for every 7.1 million passengers traveling on a commercial or charter flight.  In fact, U.S. airlines, haven’t experienced a passenger death in a crash in four of the last five years. Better technology and improved training of crews have helped make flying less hazardous, travel experts say. But better sharing of information across the airline industry has also been key.

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